Definition of peninsula in English:

peninsula

Line breaks: pen|in¦sula
Pronunciation: /pɪˈnɪnsjʊlə
 
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noun

  • A piece of land almost surrounded by water or projecting out into a body of water.
    More example sentences
    • The island's 3,700 acres of tropical rainforest are a biological reserve that also includes five surrounding peninsulas on the Panama mainland.
    • In mid-winter, the warm water around the Southwest peninsula seems to give them most lightning.
    • Just before we descend to the car park, I look out at the bay and a long peninsula of land pointing towards the East.
    Synonyms
    cape, promontory, point, head, headland, foreland, ness, horn, bill, bluff, limb; Scottish mull
    archaic half-island, half-isle, demi-island

Derivatives

peninsular

adjective
More example sentences
  • The climate ranges from tropical and sub-tropical in Indo-Gengetic plains and peninsular regions to temperate and arctic in the Himalayan region.
  • In contrast, maintaining an Asian balance of power requires performing the simpler task of keeping offshore and peninsular Asia outside a continental hegemon's grasp.
  • These data are interpreted to indicate a range of habitats from full freshwater, presumably peninsular rivers and springs, to full marine waters.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin paeninsula, from paene 'almost' + insula 'island'.

Usage

The spelling of the noun as peninsular instead of peninsula is a common mistake. The spelling peninsula should be used when a noun is intended ( the end of the Cape Peninsula ), whereas peninsular is the spelling of the adjective ( the peninsular part of Malaysia ).

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